Orange Drop Cookies


I was 16 or 17 the first time I decided to go on a holiday baking spree. I made chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal and sugar cookies. While I was waiting for my sugar cookie dough to cool in the refrigerator, I spotted an orange sitting on the counter and wondered if it was possible to make orange cookies. I don't know why I didn't look up a recipe but I tried to just incorporate orange pieces and juice into sugar cookie dough. It didn't work out very well.

While searching for cookies to make, I came across this Orange Drop Cookie recipe and it immediately reminded me of my attempts and I decided I should definitely try making orange cookies again.

Orange Drop Cookies
Yield: 4 dozen cookies
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    • 4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • zest of one orange
    • 1/3 cup orange juice
    • 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 3 eggs
1. Preheat the oven to 350. Line baking sheets with silpats or parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
3. In the bowl of the stand mixer, cream the butter and sugar together. Add eggs one at a time.
4. Add the orange zest and orange juice and mix until combined. Then add in the flour mixture slowly until a dough forms.
5. Transfer the dough to a piece of wax paper, wrap it up and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes. 
6. Drop teaspoon sized pieces of dough onto the baking sheets. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until lightly golden. Transfer to a wire rack to continue cooking.

These cookies don't have a very strong in-your-face orange flavor but there is a nice hint of orange once you start chewing the cookie. If you're looking for a stronger flavor, I'd suggest substituting the orange juice for a teaspoon of orange extract. And hey, if you're feeling extra creative, why not toss in a drop of orange food coloring to make them really orange cookies! :-)

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